San Francisco Area Post-bariatric Body Contouring: Arm Lift, Body Lift, and More from Sacramento and Marin County Area Surgeon

For the obese, weight loss is the best way to lower the risk of dangerous health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss strategy for those who have trouble losing weight through diet and exercise. However, those who lose significant weight are often left with excess skin and tissue that may be both uncomfortable and unsightly. For many of these individuals, an integrated body contouring treatment incorporating liposuction, abdominoplasty, arm lift, and/or other body lift procedures may be the solution. With multiple locations around Sacramento, Marin County, and San Francisco, Dr. Kimberly Henry is conveniently located for body contouring patients throughout Northern California.

Body Lift

The total body lift, including arm, thigh, and buttock lift procedures, is a way for post-bariatric body contouring patients to approach uncomfortable excess skin and tissue in many different areas of the body simultaneously. Body lift surgery also frequently incorporates liposuction to remove any remaining fat. Rather than undergoing several individual procedures, which require separate surgical appointments and recovery periods that could stretch over months or years, post-bariatric body contouring patients can choose to undergo one comprehensive procedure, with one unified recovery period, and then focus on enjoying life with a beautiful new body shape as soon as possible. For more information on the body lift and body contouring, please contact Dr. Henry's practices in Greenbrae, Davis, and Petaluma.

Arm Lift

After losing weight and becoming healthier, people may find that they are left with undesirable and uncomfortable swinging folds of skin on the upper arms. These folds may even be a source of self-esteem problems for those who are dissatisfied after working so hard to lose weight. For these individuals, Dr. Henry recommends an upper arm lift as part of a complete body contouring procedure. After recovering from surgery, patients will be able to wear the clothes they want and feel confident when lifting their arms in public.

When performing upper arm lift surgery, Dr. Henry makes an incision along the underside of the arm where it will be least visible. The length and shape of this incision varies from patient to patient depending on how much skin must be removed. Next, Dr. Henry will remove excess skin, tissue, and fat. Finally, she will reposition the skin and close the incision, bandaging the arm for protection.

Body contouring patients choosing an arm lift at Dr. Henry's Sacramento and Marin County offices should expect some swelling in the arms for a few days after surgery. It takes most patients several weeks to recover completely from an arm lift, but it is usually safe to return to work after about a week and most other activities after three weeks.

Thigh and Buttock Lift

After significant weight loss, it is common for the thighs and buttocks to sag, creating flaps of loose skin. For this reason, many San Francisco-area body contouring patients also choose thigh and buttock lift surgery to lift and remove excess skin, making the legs and buttocks firmer and better-defined. The location and size of the incision varies depending on the individual, but Dr. Henry will always endeavor to place incisions as discreetly as possible so patients can wear the clothes they want without visible scarring.

It may take several weeks to make a full recovery, during which time patients will need to closely follow Dr. Henry's post-operative instructions. After a successful body lift at Dr. Henry's offices, serving Marin County and the entire San Francisco area, body contouring patients will be able to wear shorts and bathing suits, showing off firmer, more attractive buttocks and thighs.

For many bariatric surgery patients, the weight loss process seems incomplete without body contouring. A comprehensive body lift, incorporating arm lift and other procedures, can help patients achieve their goals.

ABDOMINOPLASTY

Frequently, body lift patients who choose Dr. Henry in Marin County are troubled by excess skin and fat on the abdomen. Because this is an area where the body often stores fat, extra abdominal skin may be particularly troublesome after weight loss.

Abdominoplasty (also called the tummy tuck) allows Dr. Henry to remove this extra tissue, sculpting a flatter, better-defined abdomen that feels more comfortable and looks more attractive. Incisions for abdominoplasty are hidden as discreetly as possible below the bathing suit line.

It generally takes several weeks for abdominoplasty patients to fully recover; however, recovery time may vary depending on how much skin is removed. Most patients are able to return to work and light exercise after one or two weeks.

CONTACT DR. KIMBERLY HENRY SERVING SACRAMENTO AND MARIN COUNTY

For many bariatric surgery patients in the San Francisco Bay Area, the weight loss process seems incomplete without body contouring. A comprehensive body lift, incorporating arm lift and other procedures, available near Marin County and Sacramento from Dr. Kimberly Henry, may help patients achieve their goals. Contact Dr. Henry to schedule a consultation at one of her conveniently located plastic surgery offices.